Exodus 17:8 – 13:
Now Amalek came and fought with Isreal in Rephidim. And Moses said to Joshua, “Choose us some men and go out fight, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow l will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of god in my hand.” So Joshua did as Moses said to him, and fought with Amalek. And Moses, Aaron and Hur went up to the top of the hill. And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Isreal prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses hand became heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.
i read this portion before.read and read again and didn’t quite know how to interpret it especially the part on Moses hand becoming tired and Aaron and Hur helping to support. i thought it was a bit funny but i knew that nothing frivolous is recorded in the bible and it must mean something important for it resulted in victory. yesterday, i found out what it means. well at least pastor lian’s own revelation. while she did share what others who study the theology think it means,she thinks lifting of the hands is a picture of Jesus and what He did on the hill for us all. she shared that if we lift up jesus in all our situations and challenges and focus on His finished work instead of what is happening to us, we will experience victory and success. just like how Moses (the spirit man) focused on Jesus while Joshua (outer man or the flesh) went out to fight. the more Moses focused on Jesus, the more Joshua won so lets look away from our situations and look at Jesus. lift Him up in all situations, in all aspects of our life. allow our spirit man to feed on Jesus; day and night. if we get weary and tired, turn to our brothers and sisters in christ and stand together in faith; just like how Hur and Aaron helped Moses in lifting of his hands.
this brings to my mind this phrase – for where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am i in the midst of them. amazing eh? god thought of everything for us. He knew how we will think and how we will react. if only we stopped to think about what He has done for us.
yesterday was amazing. our intention was to attend service at gallery west, not at the main auditorium so that we don’t need to queue. but because we had gotten there earlier as we wanted to visit the career fair, we had ample time left over to walk from convention centre to the auditorium. we got there in time, seats were still available and the usher directed us to two seats that were located one row away from the main stage. my hair stood. never have i or even timmy ever been so close to the stage on a sunday. we wouldn’t even dream about it because of the attendance numbers at the auditorium and how many queue hours before each service. timmy and i just smiled at one another and i wished i had dressed for it. but how would i ever know this would happen.
and i think i heard a voice in me say that all i need or want is just a need or a want but daddy god is greater and much more. He exceeds our expectations and blesses us greatly. all we wanted was to attend service but we got 1st class seat. this is my daddy god and in Him, i trust. and i will continue to lift up Jesus in all my situations. in my eczema, in my health, in my career, in my sister’s education, in my parents’ financial situation, in my marriage, in my future, in my life and lives of those i love and care about deeply.
i always tell myself this and i find great strength when i speak forth these words – Jesus didnt die in vain for me.
God is good. dont let anyone or anything tell you otherwise. if you are here, He wanted you here. and if He wanted you here, an abundant life is what He wants for you to have. nothing less. remember that someone precious died for you so that you can have a good life. no one will ever do that for you.